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Category Archives: Hunger Action

Watson, Inc., our Food Industry Hero – gives its support all year long

Watson Inc., of West Haven was selected as this year’s Food Industry Hunger Action Hero, because it recognizes that hunger is year round problem. Not only did Watson donate 2,000 pounds of first-run buttermilk pancake mix to Connecticut Food Bank last summer – the company also gave employees information about the problem of summer hunger so they knew why a special run of the pancake mix was needed at that critical time of year. At the holidays, Watson hosted an employee food and fund drive and upon hearing of additional need, they scheduled another special production of pancake mix for Connecticut Food Bank. Watson’s involvement in alleviating hunger didn’t end there. The company purchased kid-friendly food items in the spring and organized an employee lunch box packing event with the food going to two Windham County programs, TEEG and Daily Bread. This summer, Watson doubled its commitment to alleviating hunger...
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Why Lockwood Farm at CT Agricultural Experiment Station is our Farm Hero

  Each growing season Lockwood Farm, located at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Hamden, donates its entire harvest to Connecticut Food Bank. Donating everything from acorn squash to zucchini, more than 102,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables have made it to the dinner plates of low-income Connecticut families over the last 10 years. It is through generous donors like Lockwood Farm that Connecticut Food Bank is able to increase the distribution of fresh produce which is often too expensive and is most lacking from the diets of people who struggle with hunger. We are grateful for our partnership with Lockwood Farm and value the dedication and generosity of its Farm Manager, Rich Cecerelli.

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Our 2013 Corporate Hero is Connecticut Distributors

Connecticut Distributors (CDI) is one of the largest wine and spirits distributors in the state. Through its partners Ernest & Julio Gallo, the company raised more than $10,000 in 2012 for Connecticut Food Bank.  In addition to funds,  CDI held a food sorting and repacking event last year at its Stratford facility where 40 employees packed nearly five pallets of food for distribution to needy families on our mobile pantries. CDI’s fundraising and employee engagement events are making a difference in our efforts to provide nutritious food to people in need.

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Quota International of New Haven is 2013′s Civic Hero

Members of Quota International of New Haven began a simple volunteer effort in 2006 to pack bags of healthy food once a month at our East Haven warehouse for 287 children served by our Kids’ BackPack Program.  By 2010, members increased their visits to three times a month so 1,700 children could receive the bags of food on weekends when they don’t have access to school meals. Soon after, the program grew to serve more than 2,000 children and the packing was moved to our Fairfield warehouse. Over the years, Quota members contributed more than 1,300 hours of service and packed an estimated 64,000 bags of food for the Kids’ BackPack Program.  The group’s latest venture is sorting and bagging fresh food for our mobile pantry program. With their help, five separate communities are receiving fresh, healthy food each month for more than 800 households.  It’s no surprise that Quota...
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Skip Hine Photography – Business Hunger Action Hero

Skip Hine has photographed presidents, professional athletes, actors, journalists and business leaders throughout the world.  Since 2011, Skip has donated more than 20 days of his time to Connecticut Food Bank so we can demonstrate how we fulfill our mission to provide nutritious food to people in need.   Skips’s photos are prominently featured in our annual reports, print materials and website – where you’ll see colorful images of employees; long lines at mobile pantry distributions; fresh produce being loaded on trucks; participants in the Walks Against Hunger; a farmer in his fields; retail and individual donors; food-assistance programs; and previous Hunger Action Heroes.  His work has enabled us to better tell our story and the stories of the thousands affected by hunger in Connecticut.  The amount of time Skip has donated to Connecticut Food Bank equals 120,000 meals for people in need!  We are grateful for to Skip for his generosity...
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Meet our Advocacy Hunger Action Hero

Keith Fontaine of Norwich is Connecticut Food Bank’s 2013 Advocacy Hunger Action Hero. Keith wants all to know that there a clear connection between food insecurity and overall health.  In his role as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, he is an advocate for community health education and strong proponent of increasing access to fresh, healthy food for low-income men, women and children.   A leader in community solutions to fight hunger, Keith is a founder of the New London Food Policy Council and is Chairman of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut which is the parent organization for the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London.    Keith was recognized for his efforts Sunday at the 2013 Hunger Action Heroes Awards ceremony at our East Haven warehouse. We thank him and all our heroes for the work they do to help...
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Our 2013 Hunger Action Heroes

On Sunday, September 22, Connecticut Food Bank  honored its Hunger Action Heroes at an awards ceremony attended by more than 125 at our East Haven warehouse. The heroes are individuals, businesses and organizations that go above and beyond to support Connecticut Food Bank in its mission to provide nutritious food to people in need. The ceremony is held annually in September, designated as Hunger Action Month. The City of Waterbury was presented with The Bill Liddell Award – the highest tribute paid by Connecticut Food Bank to an individual, organization or corporation – in recognition of exemplary service, ongoing dedication and significant support of the Food Bank and its mission. The award was named after Bill Liddell who supported the Food Bank by donating a total of 104 tons of fresh produce, as well as time and funds. He spent six years on Connecticut Food Bank’s Board of Directors. “You are...
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A taste of hunger

Many anti-hunger advocates are taking the SNAP Challenge this week as part of Hunger Action Month.  The Challenge? Living on a $4.50 a day budget for food.  The following guest blog entry is by Rachel Cohen, a high school senior from Westport, CT, who took the SNAP Challenge along with her mother this summer.   If you are like me, you could drop $4.45 at Starbucks in a snap.  That amount of cash took on a new meaning for me this summer as I participated in a SNAP challenge.  For those of you who don’t know, SNAP is this country’s food stamp program, and it has been in the news a lot this year as its fate has been debated in Congress.  After working this summer at a farmers’ market that lets its customers use their food stamps, I became interested in understanding how people who rely on SNAP are able to eat on $4.45...
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Wear Orange September 5 for Hunger Awareness

Wear orange – the color of hunger relief – Thursday, September 5, as part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our communities during Hunger Action Month, which is supported by the Citizens Bank Foundation.  Those who wear orange on September 5 are encouraged to take a photo of themselves, family, friends or coworkers and email it to cfb@ctfoodbank.org for posting on our Facebook page and website. In honor of Hunger Action Month, the front of both Waterbury City Hall and the Chase Municipal Building in Waterbury will glow orange for the entire month of September to help shine light on hunger.  And in New Haven, East Rock Park’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be lit up orange from Friday, August 30, to Friday, September 6. Hunger affects more than 520,000 people in Connecticut, including more than 157,000 children, on a year-round basis. Each September, Feeding America’s...
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Hunger Action Heroes Honored

Connecticut Food Bank recently honored Hunger Action Heroes at an awards ceremony attended by nearly 200 at its East Haven warehouse, which also recognized Connecticut Food Bank’s 30th Anniversary serving the community.  The heroes are individuals, businesses and organizations that go above and beyond to support Connecticut Food Bank in its mission to alleviate hunger in Connecticut.  The ceremony is held annually in September, designated as Hunger Action Month. Connecticut Food Bank’s Founder, Mark Patton, Executive Director at Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, was presented with the 30th Anniversary Hunger Action Hero Award by Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s President & CEO. Patton founded Connecticut Food Bank at Christian Community Action (CCA) of New Haven, from a borrowed desk and telephone.  Christian Community Action was presented with The Bill Liddell Award – the highest tribute paid by Connecticut Food Bank to an individual, organization or corporation in recognition of...
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